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Being Creative

Price: £25.00
Being Creative covers the concept of creativity and how it has evolved historically, together with possible applications to the classroom. This section has suggestions for strategies to implement creativity as change: simplicity, combinatorial creativity – making new associations between previously unconnected items – play and risk taking. The book offers a wide variety of activities for making the classroom a creative space to establish a positive atmosphere where creative responses are actively encouraged through personalisation and sharing.There are a large number of activities drawing on music, song, art and expressive texts, as well as covering student feelings, ideas, thinking skills, physical activity and reflections on the learning process.
Author(s): Chaz Pugliese
Being Creative starts with a concise overview of the concept of creativity and how it has evolved historically, together with possible applications to the classroom. The aim is to achieve 'flow' in classrooms: 'When everything flows, when the interaction is smooth … we can talk about teaching in aesthetic terms … that is, an experience that results in a sensorial perception that not only satisfies the teacher/artist, but also their audience/groups. When this happens, teaching ceases to be an action and becomes an art.' This section has suggestions for strategies to implement creativity as change: simplicity, combinatorial creativity - making new associations between previously unconnected items - play and risk taking. 
The next section is divided into three chapters. Chapter One, Classrooms, offers a wide variety of activities for making the classroom a creative space. The aim is to establish a positive atmosphere where creative responses are actively encouraged through personalisation and sharing. Chapter Two, Resources, offers a large number of activities drawing on music, song, art and expressive texts. Chapter Three focuses on Students - their feelings, ideas, thinking skills, physical activity and reflections on the learning process. Section C, discusses the creative challenge to teachers and offers advice on overcoming fear of change, of failure, of non-conformity (and its consequences) and uncertainty.
ISBN: 9781905085330
Publisher: Delta Publishing
Publication: 31 January 2014